J.J. Abrams was on The Daily Show last night where he had not just one segment, but two as he talked about a whole lot aside from his Star Trek movie including the migration to Star Wars (yes, again) and the differences between the two. The director also spoke to Jon Stewart about his new film Rosewater which he is set to direct later this summer. Continue Reading
Two days ago, it was CNN’s wildly unnecessary split screen. Yesterday, it was Nancy Grace being…Nancy Grace. The Daily Show took on the news network’s judicial correspondent Thursday night, and here is the footage. Continue Reading
The Daily Show seems to hit on the same notes night after night (not that we would complain about the successful strategy.) Fox News idiocy, gun control, Congressional malfunction…There seems to have been a new entrant though in the cycle of Jon Stewart go-to segments in the past year: The downfall of CNN as a once respected news organization. Last time it was their Boston Bombings coverage, this time it was their unbelievably ridiculous split screen from literally six parking spots away. Continue Reading
Carey Mulligan was on The Daily Show last night to promote her Friday release The Great Gatsby. The actress also talked a little about Inside Llewyn Davis–a Coen Brothers film she is also in. Coincidentally, the red-band for that just dropped yesterday.
Curious as to what a John Oliver-hosted episode of The Daily Show might look like? Well, we do not have to wait too long to find out as Comedy Central just revealed the first half-hour for his time at the helm has been set for Monday, June 10. This is the start of an eight-week hiatus for Jon Stewart who is breaking from the show for a brief period during the summer to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. The story is about the survival of a BBC journalist in an Iranian prison.
NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 – John Oliver will take over as guest host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Monday, June 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Oliver will serve as host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series for the eight weeks of original episodes that are scheduled during Jon Stewart’s hiatus to direct his first feature film, “Rosewater.” Stewart will return on Tuesday, September 3. Scheduled guests for Oliver’s first week include Seth Rogen (June 10), Armando Iannucci (June 11), a musical performance by Mavis Staples (June 12) and Fareed Zakaria (June 13). Tickets for the summer tapings are available beginning today atwww.thedailyshow.com/tickets. Continue Reading
Robert Downey, Jr. is still doing press for Iron Man 3. The Tony Stark-player pit stopped at The Daily Show Tuesday night to follow up his Tonight Show appearance that took place Friday. It is always great to watch any interview with the often-honest Downey who personifies ‘the comeback story.’ I still find it hard to imagine the actor was paid 6 figures for his work on the first Iron Man and ended up scoring over 50 times that amount on The Avengers. That is the importance of negotiating gross percentage over upfront cash, people!
Speaking of which, the actor finally admitted that was the holdup in doing more standalone Iron Man movies. What appears to be happening is the new contract after the first Iron Man movie added a lot of appearances but those were bookmarked for The Avengers after that franchise took America by storm. As a result, Disney does not want to use their Tony Stark moments on anymore standalones given the ensemble is where the cash is at, thus why things need to get hammered out at the negotiating table once more.
On that end, do not expect a pay raise as Downey pretty much makes max gross percentage under his current deal, getting $50 million for his work on The Avengers. What would change though is upfront payment. Expect something to get hammered out and a fourth Iron Man movie to inevitably proliferate. Continue Reading
Don Draper himself Jon Hamm showed up on The Daily Show a week out from Christina Hendrick’s appearance to promote Mad Men. The show is pretty consistent so this seems like more self applause than promotion; however, anything Hamm is seen as good nowadays. He is actually set to host this ESPYs this July over on ESPN. Continue Reading
The Daily Show had a really good series of segments from correspondent John Oliver these past two weeks, and while I post the third part earlier in the day, I thought it was worth putting them all together in a separate post for those who might have missed it. The point of the piece is that Australia was not too dissimilar to the United States in the 1990s when they passed sweeping anti-gun legislation that ended mass shootings and hampered homicidal gun violence. Continue Reading
Part three of The Daily Show’s continued coverage of Australian gun control made it to air last night. The John Oliver-fronted piece has been a bit of a fan favorite, so I made sure to get this one up. Tonight’s theme is addressing the arguments that such legislation takes a long time to show effects.
John Oliver was back on The Daily Show last night with the second part of his ‘whoop-de-doo’ Australian gun control segments. This time, he took on the political suicide necessary to do the right thing.
Just last week, Jon Stewart was busting CNN’s chops for a false arrest headline they made during the Boston Marathon Bombings coverage, yet he was not done with the Ted Turner-spawned news organization after things came to a close. The Daily Show host complained some more last night at their polar opposite response following their accidental reporting flub and their knack for taking things into field more so than their rivals for no particular reason. Naturally, none of that mattered to viewers as the network still topped cable news in their coverage of the events, this according to some demo ratings released yesterday for Friday. Continue Reading
Christina Hendricks made a Daily Show appearance Monday evening on a pit stop seemingly meant to promote the on-going sixth season of AMC’s Mad Men. The series returned to air two weekends ago to normal-sized ratings (near its peak popularity.) That said, like my comments regarding January Jones’ stop by Jimmy Fallon last night, I must reiterate that this is more of an actress promoting herself than the show which will hardly benefit from additional exposure this late in the game. Hendricks continues to support in indie films and her most-recent film was the critically-acclaimed Ginger & Rosa which saw a limited release last month. Continue Reading
Last night marked yet another big night of The Daily Show devoted to making those who oppose gun control look foolish. The program kicked things off talking about the failure of a recent bill to strengthen background checks and capped things off with a rather excellent piece by John Oliver. The correspondent took the comparison of Australia as they ended their mass shootings and decreased homicide rates substantially following strong anti-gun measures in the 1990s. In other words, whoop-de-doo. Continue Reading
Want to watch Jon Stewart talk some more smack about CNN? Well, you are in luck because that is exactly what he did last night as he railed on the cable news network’s hasty reporting in regards on the Boston Marathon Bombings. This is most interesting to the media because just a few days ago it was such a big deal to ‘get the story right’ and ‘learn from mistakes’ of doing such things with prior events. It looks like the Jeff Zucker-helmed channel did not get the memo though. Here is the footage from last night’s episode of TDS. Continue Reading
Ricky Gervais returned to The Daily Show this week to plug the upcoming U.S. debut of his Netflix series Derek. This is a comedy that originally ran overseas in the fall, so this is not exactly a Netflix original (sorry to disappoint) so cater expectations accordingly. That said, Gervais’ talk show appearances tend to be more entertaining that the shows he produces thus today’s acknowledgment of his latest pit stop with Jon Stewart. Continue Reading